| | Looking for some help on this one
OK, here's the details, I was travelling through some city side streets in Aurora, Colorado, I didn't notice that the school zone sign was blinking and that the speed limit had dropped to 25.
I have a BEL 995 radar detector and saw the police officer parked to the side of the road and immediately checked my speed and even slowed down. As I passed the officer, I noticed he was facing away from traffic.
I passed him and about a minute later, he pulled me AND ANOTHER car over for speeding.
He first wrote me a ticket, then the other car. I asked him what he clocked me with and he said laser, I asked if I could see it and he returned with the gun showing 42mph at 135 feet. This is what he wrote the ticket on.
I do not believe I was going this fast, I also have multiple problems with this:
1. My laser detector never went off, I would think if he did clock me, it would have registered.
2. He pulled over two vehicles! There were about 8 cars traveling together, is it possible for him to take a reading on one, then take a reading on another in that short of time? I'm not sure how radar guns work, but it seems that he showed me the last reading, wouldn't that have been for the guy behind me that he pulled over? Don't most guns require a full two seconds of lock for an accurate reading? If the last lock was for the guy DIRECTLY behind me, it seems that he may be "guessing" on one of them!
3. I finished my errand and on the way home, saw another sheriff with 3, yes, 3 cars pulled to the side of the road (I even snapped a quick picture). I don't believe there was an accident, but it seems like the sheriff's department maybe got orders to "issue more tickets"
I've heard that the typical strategies of subpeonaing the maintenance records/training records, etc of the laser device may not fly in Colorado courts. Anyone have any experience/advice for this one?
Thanks a million!